Monday, May 13 - Witness Slips / Gang Database Hearing / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 Action 1: Sign Priority Witness Slips Today

Illinois’ unique system of witness slips makes it easy for citizens to weigh in on important bills quickly using an online form. Before a bill is heard in the Illinois General Assembly, the chairperson will read who has submitted witness slips and whether they support or oppose the bill. This helps inform legislators as to where Illinoisans and organizations stand before voting. Witness slips are a great and relatively quick way to make your voice heard in state government.

Here are some priority bills collecting witness slips for hearings:

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  • HB 1633 Criminal Law Subcommittee Hearing (OPPONENT).

  • HB 1633 (again) Committee Hearing (OPPONENT).

Thanks to efforts by the sponsors and parents who have gone to Springfield to advocate and negotiate, these important education bills are on the hearing list this week:

  • HB3606 The student-data privacy bill (PROPONENT)

  • HB254 Class-size goals bill (PROPONENT)

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

  • II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  • III. POSITION: select "OPPONENT / PROPONENT" as needed

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

Never miss another slip! Join The Witness Slip Project and make sure you turn your notification settings to All Posts.

Action 2: Come to a Public Hearing on the Gang Database

In February, members of the campaign to Erase the Cook County Gang Database passed an ordinance to prevent the Sheriff's Department from using or creating any new gang database to criminalize communities. As part of the  push from the campaign to hold the Sheriff accountable, the ordinance also set a mandatory public hearing into the use of gang database by the County's sheriff department.

In April, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) confirmed that the Chicago Gang Database has been a tool for criminalizing Black and Latinx communities.

Join the hearing where community and experts on the gang database will present new information about its use and demand answers to questions the Sheriff's department has not answered.

Via Erase The Database

Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast #102: Military Trans Ban / IC’s Denise Poloyac

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: "Executive privilege" is useful when it allows for free and open dialogue about ideas. It’s dangerous as a get-out-of-jail-free card.  Which way does the current president lean?

Segment 1: Air Force LTC B. Fram has served sixteen years in the military, is literally a rocket scientist, and is also openly trans. B. is the communications director for SPAR*TA, an organization that supports transgender service members, and today, we hear from B. and from B’s wife Peg  about coming out and what a future featuring a transgender ban would be like. Learn more at:

Segment 2: Indivisible Chicago Exec Board member Denise Poloyac on how we’re getting ready for 2020. If you’re interested in getting involved in the activities discussed, email Denise at

Martin Cuellar